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Conservation Education Center Receives a Boost From Upper Canada College Students

May 30, 2011

Kids Against Poverty raised funds to construct the Conservation Education Centre (CEC) that consists of three rooms where students will come in for interactive lessons in addition to a game drive around the Conservancy thereby providing a better learning experience.

Lewa’s newly appointed Conservation Education Coordinator, Ephantus Mugo has been hard at work getting the education centre ready to begin receiving students and giving them a fantastic learning experience on conservation in Lewa. Denver Zoo’s Jennifer Bahmeier came all the way to Lewa to assist Ephantus with the development of a curriculum for the education centre and give him ideas in determining what would go into the conservation education centre’s three rooms and how a nature trail would be designed.

The CEC received a much needed boost for the young gentlemen of Upper Canada College when they donated 10 computers to the CEC and are currently developing interactive computer software with conservation messages that will run on these computers to give students visiting the centre an interesting, fun and memorable learning experience! The UCC students and two teachers were visiting Ntugi and Subuiga Secondary Schools that are supported by the Lewa Education Programme. They have also donated several computers to the two schools that have led to better academic performance of the students especially at Ntugi Secondary School. During their stay, they participated and taught in classes and sports, sat for examinations, re-painted walls and even attended a science congress event.  We appreciate their contributions and look forward to another visit for UCC students soon.

Future plans for the CEC are to construct a hostel so that students who travel long distances can be hosted there, get a good night’s rest and have a good learning experience the following day. With closure of the old Matunda Gate and the old road, we now have a bigger area for conservation education activities to take place.